Puppies' Exhibit Targets Lancaster
Pa. -- Lancaster County is sometimes called the puppy mill capitol
of the East Coast. Some farmers and others breed dogs in what some
consider inhumane conditions.
some artists are taking aim at the practice.
8's Susan Shapiro recently visited an exhibit on display at the
F.U.E.L. collection in Philadelphia.
the heart of downtown Philadelphia, there is an art exhibit protesting
what some see as an ugly part of rural Lancaster County. The Puppies
are Biodegradable exhibit focuses on dog breeding operations known
as puppy mills.
millers are profiting. Government is profiting. And everyone's allowed
to do what they want to do at the expense of the animals suffering,"
said exhibit organizer Harrise Yaron.
kennels that breed dogs in what some consider inhumane conditions
have long been exposed in undercover video. But exposing puppy mills
in art is a new approach.
really is just about awareness. We're just trying to do it through
a different medium," said gallery director Jennifer Yaron.
are more than 75 works of art at the F.U.E.L. gallery.
Some of the artists, such as Tammy Grimes, are longtime
animal rights activists. Others had never heard of puppy
Danielle Rizzolo created a digital image of Joyce Stoltzfus, a breeder
from Lancaster County who has been cited a number of times for cruelty
to animals. The image is on the floor of the exhibit and is made
with paw prints of dogs from Stoltzfus' kennel.
designed so that when people come in, they're going to walk on Joyce's
face," Rizzolo said. Click here for a look at Rizzolo's piece.
the second floor, there are photographs of puppy mill dogs. They
are meant to be viewed from behind a chicken wire as though through
the eyes of a caged animal.
Mead family, from Scottsdale, Ariz., wandered into the exhibit after
11-year-old Hannah spotted the sign outside.
think it was a surprise to her, especially what the exhibit was
about. So we're explaining to her what happens with puppy mills
and that kind of stuff. So, it's interesting," said her father,
Mitch Mead. "We had no idea that Lancaster was a puppy mill
is hoping gallery patrons like the Meads spread the word to others
about puppy mills.
you would like to visit the display, the F.U.E.L. collection is
located at 249 Arch St. in Philadelphia.
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